Power Player: Carl Pierre

Name: Carl Pierre

Hometown: DC

Company: WeWork

Twitter: @carlpierre

Website:  www.wework.com

 

 

 

Carl is the head of DC operations for WeWork, a NYC-based startup that recently got a $10B valuation (deca-unicorn!). His job is to not only foster the growth of the company in the District but to also leverage their resources to help engage and create a relationship with the local startup/tech community. He has been in the city for 4 years now, and  enjoyed every second of seeing this city's startup community thrive and grow.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

Density - it's difficult to have density in a city with a startup scene that's relatively spread out. Density is what creates sparks, collaboration, etc. 

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

The speed at which DC Tech is growing is amazing - it's unrecognizable from what it was even a few years ago.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

All Souls

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Just one... Pool Table!

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Power Player: Coonoor Behal

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Name:  Coonoor Behal

Hometown: Lima, Ohio

Company: Mindhatch

Twitter:  @mindhatch

Website:  www.mindhatchllc.com

 

Coonoor Behal is Founder of Mindhatch, an organizational and customer insights firm that merges business and creativity through design thinking innovation, workplace improv training, and creative facilitation. As our tagline says, we design "Insightful Experiences" that get our clients "Inspired Results." We use "human centered" design methods to solve complex business challenges and create products, services, and experiences customers love. We use the magic of improvisation to help staff feel more engaged and do better work. And we help companies come to strategic decisions and embrace organizational change and innovation through our creative facilitation. Past clients have included law firms, consulting companies, restaurants, national banks, government agencies, and international financial corporations.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

Generally speaking, I think DC is still a place of intellectual conservatism - most people still view anything new as inherently '"risky." More people need to view risk as not only necessary, but also exciting.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Little Serow

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Fun people, a sweater/blanket, awesome marker pens

 

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Power Player: Garrett Bauman

Garrett Bauman

Name:  Garrett Bauman

Hometown:  Vermont

Company:  Pyazza

Twitter: @pyazza

Website: pyazza.com

 

Garrett does Public Policy work for an education tech company called Teaching Strategies. He also work on marketing and is a member of the founding team for a local DC ecommerce startup called Pyazza. Pyazza launched in late 2015 and is currently ramping up operations. He is also an active member of the DC Tech community and is helping advise on a medical tech startup.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

Bringing investors to DC that are willing to invest heavily in startups, and more importantly in seed stage startups, is a constant challenge because many investors tend to be more conservative with their money on the east coast.

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

The DC tech community is a collaborative, engaged, and talented group of people that are creating enormous value. As more DC tech startups become successful, it will draw the attention of more investors, more reporters, more entrepreneurs and ultimately more customers, which will transform the DC startup landscape.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Dram and Grain Cocktail Bar

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Cup of coffee; smartphone; jazz

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Power Player: Mickin Sahni

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Name:  Mickin Sahni

Hometown:  Virginia

Company:  Fosterly

Twitter:  @mickinsahni

Website:  fosterly.com

Most excited when working with great people to create great products, Mickin Sahni is a product developer focusing on product management, strategy, and design. As a strategic member of Fosterly, Mickin helps to build an enthusiastic and inclusive tech community. Coffee and tea, politics and yoga, food and friends make up the rest of his time.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

Ensuring a strong political and physical infrastructure is in place. 

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

That it represents folks from almost every professional industry including government, non-profit, retail, and, of course, the growing tech-startup sector. 

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Southern Efficiency

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Headphones, Mug, Hydro Flask

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Power Player: Jason Nellis

Jason Nellis

Name: Jason Nellis

Hometown: Washington D.C.

Company: Overachiever Media

Twitter: @jasonnellis

Website: www.overachievermedia.com

Jason is the Chief Overachiever of Overachiever Media. He’s a graduate of Northwestern University, a 5 year veteran of Hulu, and a third generation Washingtonian. He built OM to help develop better brand stories online for clients who need that extra “oomph.” He's pretty proud to work with great brands like DC United, Monumental Sports, L'Academie de Cuisine, and others here in DC.

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

We’re constantly being compared to Silicon Valley - when we have so many different opportunities to offer!

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

The opportunity to make something that’s uniquely “us” - and not a copy of something existing.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Southern Efficiency

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Snacks, coffee, dogs

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Power Player: Frank V. Taylor

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Name:  Frank V. Taylor

Hometown:  Norfolk, VA

Company:  Restin

Twitter:  @frankvtaylor

Website:  restin.co

Frank is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, and community builder based in Washington D.C. As the Founder and CEO of Restin, Frank has grown the company to a national scale in under 5 years. Restin provides technology enabled furniture for events and corporate interiors on demand. Clients include Jones Lang LaSalle, IBM, PwC, State Farm, Google, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Sprint, and Hyundai. Frank is also an active member of the DC tech community and co-founded Fosterly which has connected thousands of entrepreneurs with resources and opportunities through popular events like Study Hall, the Collaborate conference, and Innovation Dinners.

What is the most challenging aspect of growing DC into a nationally competitive tech hub?

While the Federal government is generally viewed as an impediment to technological progress and growth, I believe the opposite is true and that some of our most pressing global problems can only be solved by massive cross sector collaboration. This can only happen in D.C. but only if widely held attitudes and misconceptions are changed.

What excites you the most about the developing DC Tech community?

All of the necessary elements for an explosive tech industry are here and approaching critical mass. If we stop trying to emulate Silicon Valley and embrace our region's unique innovation DNA we will see something very powerful emerge.

What's your favorite DC restaurant/bar/food truck?

Rito Loco

Three things you can't go without at the office:

Coffee, Steelcase desk chair, Adjustible height desk

Join Frank and dozens of other DC area Power Players for the Next-Tech Power Players Tech Reception. Tickets here!